Mesa Campground is in the Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area, northeast of Los Angeles. The campground offers campsites along the south shore of the lake. All sites are for tents, RVs or trailers. Sites #104-136 have full hook-ups. Sites #1-65 are closed from October through April.
Besides the main campground, Silverwood Lake has Group Campgrounds at Miller Canyon, Barranca, Rio, and Valley. A Horse Camp is part of the Rio Group Campground.
The Pacific Crest Trail passes along the north shore of Silverwood Lake. Long distance hikers on the trail often stop at the one of the 7 Hike & Bike sites near Mesa Campground. The sites are less than a mile from the trail.
At Silverwood Lake enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, waterskiing, hiking, nature trail, bicycle riding, and golf.
ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips
California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.
Silverwood Lake Group Campgrounds
Barranca and Valley Group Camps
9-100 people at each site, a maximum of 30 vehicles in each group tent-only site west of the lake.
Fees: $325 per night
Rio Group Tent and Horse Camp
9-100 people, a maximum of 30 vehicles in a group tent site west of the lake. May also be reserved by campers with horses - 12 corrals and a maximum of 24 horses allowed. Horse manure must be removed from the campsite. A $25.00 cleaning deposit is required at check-in. There is an additional fee of $1.00 per horse.
Fees: $325 per night
Miller Canyon Group Camp
Miller Canyon is located along the east end of the lake. Three group tent sites, each accommodates from 9 to 40 people and 32 vehicles.
Fees: $150 per night
Hike & Bike sites are first come, first served primitive campsites for people who either walk or pedal to the campground. Fees are usually $5 per person, per night. Long distance hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail appreciate the opportunity to shower.